CAMANO ISLAND — A useless grey whale has been discovered on the west aspect of Camano Island.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries West Coast Region posted concerning the large stranded mammal, saying a necropsy can be carried out. The company posted images of the animal belly-up on a rocky seaside, the Everett Herald reported.
The whale will probably be left on-site for “land-based natural decomposition” so vitamins return to the ecosystem, based on a tweet.
Since 2019, grey whales alongside the West Coast and Alaska have been experiencing an “unusual mortality event.”
Since then, an increasing number of of the animals have been getting stranded and dying.
That consists of one 43-foot-long grey whale that washed ashore close to Harborview Park in Everett three years in the past.
According to NOAA knowledge, there have been 259 grey whale strandings within the United States since 2019. Another 251 occurred alongside Mexico in the identical time interval. So far this yr, three of the 4 grey whale strandings within the U.S. have been in Washington state.
Researchers are nonetheless making an attempt to determine what’s behind the deaths.